The Japanese beverage company Suntory has won the rights to distribute three of the brands from the portfolio of the world's biggest winemaker E&J Gallo in Japan.

Suntory said it will offer a total of 1 million cases of three Gallo wines every year in Japan from 2003. Suntory sells around 6.6m cases of wine annually, also plans to offer for sale, said a company spokeswoman.
Gallo will put its Rivercrest, Wild Vines, and E and J Gallo Cycamore Canyon on Suntory's distribution network.

According to local reports, the deal with Suntory would double Gallo's sales in Japan. Gallo sold roughly 1.05 million cases of wine in Japan last year.